Understanding alcohol abuse and alcoholism can be a key step in solving drinking problems Some people worry about their alcohol use but are not convinced that they need help. Friends or relatives might express their concern–”You have a drinking problem.” But often that well-intentioned statement fails to define the issue or suggest a clear solution. …∞
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A family with an alcohol in its midst will go through several stages in dealing with the chaos and disruption caused by the alcoholic. These stages are described below in order of appearance. Denial: Early in the development of alcoholism, occasional episodes of excessive drinking are explained away by both marriage partners. Drinking because of …∞
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Alcoholic Denial as a Psychological Defence Denial takes two major forms. First, the alcoholic insists that he or she can drink like other people – socially, normally. This means that there are always ready excuses for the exceptional times-for the fights, the arrests, the blackouts, the hangovers. It’s someone else’s fault. It’s harassment, bad luck, …∞
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Styles of Distorted Thinking Throughout addictive / alcoholic / codependent living one tends to pick up dysfunctional styles of thinking to cope with every day life. Using them often ends in some sort of confrontation. These are some that many have noticed. They are born out of anger, anxiety and denial; or just plain damaged …∞
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In the Big Book of AA members talk of practical attitudes that help in recovery from alcoholism. Some of these are; “…thoroughly followed our path.” p.58 line 2. Referring to the ‘Suggested Program of Recovery’. “…completely give themselves to this program…” p.58 line 3. “…developing…rigorous honesty.” p.58 line 9 – instead of denial and lying. …∞
Researchers propose a model of development whereby a person moves from voluntary dieting through a number of stages to reach a fully entrenched eating disorder. Stage 1: Normal, voluntary dieting behaviour. Unfortunately dieting behaviours have become the “norm”, with 47% of people in Australia having tried to lose weight in the past twelve months. 68% …∞
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Detachment and recovery from alcoholism Like alcoholics themselves, the families and friends of alcoholics display symptoms denial, anxiety, guilt and require treatment. Al-Anon groups have proved to be an excellent resource for these people. But Al-Anon’s central concept, that of detachment, is resented and rejected by many prospective members of Al-Anon. Detachment involves realizing that …∞
Denial is the psychological process by which alcoholics protect themselves.